Have Your Say

Have-your-say At Diverse Cymru our aims, ideals and services are all based around empowering and uplifting the voices of people facing inequality across Wales. Have your say and help us keep our work true to this principle and true to the needs of our service users.

Your Experiences: Personal stories about the services you use and the support you require.

Your Views: Respond to consultations, legislation and the issues which affect you.

Our Responses: Read our responses to consultations. ­­­ As a national equality charity in Wales we particularly want to hear from:

  • Disabled people (physical, learning, mental health, sensory or hidden impairments)
  • Black and Minority Ethnic people (including Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people)
  • Lesbian, gay and bisexual people
  • Older people
  • Young people
  • People of different religions or faiths
  • Transgender people
  • Women





Save the date



Physical Health – have your say 

When:       Thursday 14 March 2019

Registration and refreshments from 12.30 pm

                   Starts at 1 pm. Ends at 4:00 pm

Where:      The Learning Suite(in the basement), Cardiff Story Museum, The Old Library, The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1BH


This have your say event is your opportunity to discuss what matters to you on physical health. This event focuses on the experiences of people facing inequality and any possible solutions. 

At the event you’ll have the chance to discuss your physical healthyou’re your good and bad experiences health and wellbeing services, and suggest your solutions to improve services.

We’ll be discussing:

  • Your experiences of physical health services
  • What helps you maintain or improve your physical health
  • What could be done in services and communities to better support people facing inequality

There will also be a section looking at tackling obesity linked to the Welsh Government consultation on Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales.

Free event.  Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.

We can repay your travel, access, childcare, replacement care and other reasonable costs for attending. Please keep your tickets or receipts



Is this event for me?

We welcome people from all diverse backgrounds including:

  • Disabled people (sensory, mobility, mental health and learning impairments and long-term health conditions)
  • Black and Minority Ethnic people,
  • Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people
  • Trans people
  • People with different religions and beliefs
  • Older people
  • Young people and
  • Carers


We also welcome community groups and third sector organisations with an interest in equality and diversity or representing any of the groups above.


How to book

Email: shelagh.maher@diverse.cymru

Phone: 029 2036 8888  and ask for Shelagh

Or by post to:

Shelagh Maher

Diverse Cymru

307-315 Cowbridge Road East




Please state any dietary or access requirements you may have when booking your place and which events you want to attend.



Welsh Government wants your views on improving public transport

The Welsh Government is looking at:

  • How bus services are planned and delivered in Wales
  • Licencing taxis and private hire vehicles

You can respond to the Welsh Government consultation directly here

Diverse Cymru wants to know your views and experiences of public transport and taxis in Wales.

We want to know:

  • If you’ve had an issues or barriers using buses
  • If you’ve had an issues or barriers using taxis
  • What bad experiences you have of buses and taxis
  • What good experiences do you have of buses and taxis
  • What could make buses and taxis better for you
  • What could make buses and taxis better for diverse people including:
    • Older people
    • Disabled people (mobility, physical, sensory, learning, mental health impairments and long-term health conditions)
    • Younger people
    • Black and minority ethnic people
    • Lesbian, gay and bisexual people
    • Trans people
    • People of different religions and faiths
    • Women
    • Carers


Deadline : Wednesday 27 March 




Featured Consultation

Diverse Cymru regularly respond to consultations from the UK and Welsh Governments, local councils, and Local Health Boards.

Recently there has been a focus on housing. This includes:

  • Affordable (social) housing
  • Housing options to meet the needs of an ageing population
  • Housing for disabled people
  • How welfare reform has affected different people

Diverse Cymru is committed to gathering the views of diverse communities in Wales. We would like to hear your views to help inform our responses and views. We would be grateful if you could fill in the attached questionnaire as soon as possible. You do not have to answer every question. If you do not feel a question applies to you just skip it. More information will help us to understand more details of your experiences.

All responses are anonymous. We will not use any details which could potentially identify you or anyone else. Equality questions are only used to identify where there are different views and experiences for different communities.

You can complete an online form of the questionnaire here

Or if you prefer, you can complete a Word document of the questionnaire in the link below and email it back to Diverse Cymru (contact details included).
Diverse Cymru Accessible Housing 2017

The Healthwise Wales programme is also being run by the Welsh Government and looking for contributions. Please do visit their website for further details

Join the Equality and Human Rights Network
This network – run in partnership with Race Equality First and Diverse Cymru – is open to any third sector organisation working in Cardiff on any area of Equality and Human Rights.

We welcome new members.
Members can feed in views of people from disadvantaged communities and people facing discrimination in all areas of Cardiff.
The network discusses important Equality and Human Rights issues to change legislation, policy and practice together and make a difference to people’s lives.
We meet quarterly. Meetings include opportunities to:

  • Feed in stories, experiences and views from your service users and citizens on equality and human rights issues
  • Work together to jointly respond to key consultations and other opportunities to influence
  • Plan and run awareness raising campaigns and other work together 
  • Take joint action to tackle inequalities
  • Share information on your events, campaigns, projects and work with other organisations

Between meetings we share these stories, information and joint work by email.

To join the network email Thoria at thoria.m@c3sc.org.uk or call (029) 2048 5722
Please let other community groups or organisations you work with know about the network.



Your Experiences

Diverse Cymru are looking for people’s experiences and stories to help support our work to improve services, policy and practice throughout Wales. If you have a story to tell, whether you’ve had a good or a bad experience or if you think something could have been done better, let us know about it. As we collect these stories, which can be anonymised if you would like, we can use them to let services like those below know how they can improve and be more responsive to the needs of people, particularly across the protected characteristics.

  • Healthcare
  • Mental Health Services
  • Social Care
  • Wellbeing
  • Welfare and Benefits
  • Poverty
  • Social Exclusion
  • Equality and Human Rights
  • Hate Crime and Community Safety
  • Education
  • Employment

You can send us your experiences:

Through our online form:

Name (required)

Email (required)


Your experience

By email: Shelagh.Maher@diverse.cymru

Or by post:

Have Your Say
Diverse Cymru
307-315 Cowbridge Road East

Your Views

Current Consultations

From the National Assembly for Wales:

Diverse Cymru engages with both Local and National Government and the public sector on the issues that are most important in promoting equality across Wales, particularly where these issues effect people who would fall under one or more of the protected characteristics, by developing policy positions and offering practical recommendations.

Part of this process involves responding strategically to Welsh Government consultations that will have the biggest impact on people affected by inequality across the nation. Unfortunately, and although we share the details of these current consultations with our supporters, there are often too many being undertaken simultaneously for us to be able to provide a comprehensive response in every case. If you have an interest in giving your views on consultations around:

  • Healthcare
  • Mental Health services
  • Social care
  • Welfare and benefits
  • Poverty
  • Social exclusion
  • Equality
  • Well-being
  • Hate crime and community safety
  • Education
  • Employment

Please let us know by email: ele.hicks@diverse.cymru

Or by post:

Have Your Say
Diverse Cymru
307-315 Cowbridge Road East

If you would like to get more involved you can help us respond to consultations, gather other people’s views and research reports and available evidence by applying to be a volunteer with the Policy and Public Affairs Team.

Our Responses

Diverse Cymru briefing papers on issues and solutions with recommendations based on engagement with diverse communities. Read our responses to consultations, inquiries and other calls for evidence.

Diverse Cymru gathered the views of diverse communities in Cardiff about Communities First and ways forward to tackle poverty.

Views from this focus group have been used to develop a briefing paper and recommendations.


You can read the rest of our consultation responses on our Media Page.